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The European Shipping Week is host to the Guinness World Record breaking model ferry Jubilee Seaways built by using LEGO bricks! The giant model was commissioned for Danish ferry operator, DFDS as part of their 150th anniversary events. In recent months the Lego ship visited London's Trafalgar Square.
Ports & Shipping
#LEGOferry - This week the European Shipping Week held its flagship conference in Brussels, where major European and global shipping delegates joined the officialdom of the EU and its Parliament with the presence of the world’s largest model ship built…
Belfast Lough panorama
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A sea captain has been convicted of being drunk on duty while piloting a merchant vessel in Belfast Lough last year. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Eugenijus Tulauskas was found to be nearly four times over the legal…
Donegal harbours such as Greencastle on Lough Foyle (above in foreground) could possibly be used post-Brexit to directly import cargoes by ships instead of neighbouring Northern ports.
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#BrexitDonegal - The possibility of utilising harbours in Greencastle or even Buncrana, reports Donegal Now for commercial shipping could yet emerge as one of the unexpected positive consequences of Brexit. If, as seems increasingly likely, a "hard border" is established, this…
Swami the former Arklow Swan of ASL whose 2016 built new cargoship Arklow Cape made a first call to the Port of Kinsale in recent days.
Ports & Shipping
#ScenicPort - Scenic Kinsale with its marina and fishing fleet based in the west Cork harbour is widely renowned for its culinary status, however what is probably less known is its commercial shipping activity, writes Jehan Ashmore. Around 100 cargoships…
A free exhibition and lectures organised by the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society take place this March at EPIC - The Emigrant Irish Emigration Museum housed in the chq Custom House Quay. Above: A bygone era as Guinness ships and barges line the Liffey.
Dublin Port
#Exhibition – On this first day of Spring marks the launch of The Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society's free exhibition hosted at EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum located in the chq, Custom House Quay. The society is dedicated to preserving…
The 2017 Maritime Commerce Forum takes place in Dublin next month on 9th March. Above: Containership Sophia underway departing the capital port along with pilot cutter Camac.
Ports & Shipping
#Forum - The 2017 Maritime Commerce Forum will take place as a lunch-time event held in Dublin on Thursday 9th March. The time for the forum is from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and will be held at The Marker Hotel, Grand…
IOM Steam Packet's fast-ferry Manannan and chartered ro-ro freighter Arrow arriving in Douglas Harbour less than a year ago in September.
Ferry
#Larne - The Isle of Man Steam Packet is to undertake berthing trials in the Northern Irish port of Larne, writes IOM Today.  The fast craft Manannan is to used as the company assesses the suitability of alternative ports ’to…
iShip Index: Volumes in Republic of Ireland ports fell by 2% in Q4 2016 for the same period of 2015. This is largely explained by a 7% contraction in Bulk traffic which was in turn driven by a 10% fall in Dry-Bulk freight. A prime example is that carried by bulk-carrier Nonna Uia berthed in Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the Ports & Shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight.  In the latest iShip Index from the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has revealed shipping and port activity in the Republic of…
Ferries Isle of Inishmore and Stena Europe due to Storm Doris have yet to enter Rosslare Harbour following departures from Welsh ports in the early hours of this morning. The rival ferries are seen during calmer weather in the Wexford ferryport.
Ferry
#StormDoris – A pair of rival ferries have not been able to enter Rosslare Harbour from Wales since this morning due to Storm Doris. The gale to storm force conditions have battered coasts and caused high seas leading to ferry…
Warrenpoint Harbour is to expand with a new Quinn Cement export hub. The facility is expected to underpin the economy on both sides of the border and in the south of England. Seen above is a 'M' class bulk-carrier of Arklow Shipping along with the bunker tanker Mersey Spirit which has featured in 'Ports & Shipping' news throughout the years.
Ports & Shipping
#QuinnCement - Quinn Cement and Warrenpoint Harbour Authority have announced the opening of a new cement export hub at the Co. Down port. The £2.5 million investment reflects a 10-year deal between the Cavan-based company and WHA. Final commissioning of…
Ferus-Smit's Dutch yard at Westerbroek which is currently rolling out 5,200dwt cargsoships for Arklow Shipping. They have announced an order for further newbuilds of four larger handy-sized bulkers.
Ports & Shipping
#NewBulkers- Shipbuilder Ferus Smit whose Dutch yard is according to Ships Monthly to continue constructing further newbuilds for Arklow Shipping. The yard at Westerbroek has been given an order for a quartet of small handy-sized bulk-carriers of around 16,500dwt each.…
One of a pair of ferries operating Stena's Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route is seen in H&W. Compare this photo of the conventional graving dry-dock with that of the 'floating' dry-dock in Afloat's Cork Harbour news report yesterday. This focused on Cork Dockyard's Dutch connections.
Belfast Lough
#Harland&Howth - Harland and Wolff, Belfast has been busy working with Stena Line ferries while in Howth Harbour, Co.Dublin the boatyard there has begun work on a passenger-only ferry that in recent years began running cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The annual…
An Irish managed cargoship, Ziltborg that is owned by Dutch owners is seen at their headquarters homeport of Delfzijl where the vessel is in a floating dry-dock. Such a structure was a feature of Cork Dockyard where currently an unconventional busy marine engineering scene is underway as giant ship-to-shore container cranes are to be loaded onto a heavy-lift ship bound for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.
Cork Harbour
#FloatingDock - Dublin based Corrib Shipping Group’s management of a newly acquired cargoship that went into a floating dry-dock in the Netherlands last month brings memories of a similar former structure in Cork Dockyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cargoship Ziltborg is…
NEW ROUTE: Construction underway at Greenore, Co. Louth for a new cross-border car-ferry service due to open this summer on Carlingford Lough
Ferry
#NewRoute - A ferry service which has been long awaited between Greenore and Greencastle, linking both sides of Carlingford Lough, will launch early this summer, writes the Argus. 'Construction work has commenced and we're planning to have the ferry service…
A View from the Bridge: This great on board view clearly demonstrates the complexity of a tanker's pipe network as the vessel headed up the channel fairway within Dublin Port last week.
Dublin Port
#TankerSnap – The above photograph is not of the red-hulled tanker Iver Ability which anchored in Dublin Bay for more than five months and in doing so drew much mainstream media attention, writes Jehan Ashmore. So what is the identity…
In this dry-docking scene at A&P Falmouth is cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde. Another ship, but from the energy sector is occupying a neighbouring dry-dock while in the background is a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ‘Bay’ class Landing Ship Dock support vessel, RFA Mounts Bay (L3008).
Ferry
#DryDocking - Ireland-France cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde will resume seasonal services next month but in the meantime the ship is undergoing routine maintenance in a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to a source following a visit to Falmouth, Cornwall the…

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